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We Are All Explorers

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Published Feb 7, 2018 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 23 Contributors

    23 photos selected by

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    Just at the time of sunrise a storm approached the south rim and I almost packed my gears. But it...

    #landscape #sunrise #canyon #grandcanyon #greatestlandcapes #rain #rainbow #nature

    “Exploration” has meant many things to me over the course of my life, from big expeditions like being 40 miles into the backcountry, to small adventures like taking a walk around the neighborhood. It may seem like the whole world has been discovered already, but I believe we are still in the age of exploration. And the Your Shot community is a perfect example of how exploration is alive, well, and continually practiced in countries all around the world. Exploration is a broad topic, but you all took this idea and ran with it— and it showed!

    In order to conquer my fear of heights I challenged myself to cross this vertigo-inducing bridge ...

    #hussaini #suspension_bridge #hunza_river #pakistan

    Editor's Note

    Kieron, thank you for adding such a great story to the image. I feel like your writing puts the viewer in the scene and adds some great details. Along with the story, I feel like the perspective of... More

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    Dry weather conditions in Mekong Delta Vietnam. During the dry season, the land is rock-hard. The...

    #mekong_delta #dry_weather

    Editor's Note

    I love the colors and texture of this image. Because you chose to photograph the subjects from above, it allows them to stand out much more on the background of the dry earth beneath them. Great wo... More

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    This is a picture of a flood prone area of Assam, India. And this young kids go to school like th...

    #journey #bnw #intense #passengers #blackandwhite2018 #myclimaateaction

    Editor's Note

    What I love about this, Asutosh, is that it reminds me of being a kid! This image is lighthearted, playful and echoes childhood memories I have of running around, building forts and exploring with ... More

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    Bird market at Sanliurfa, Turkey. The doves are flying inside the auction house and a boy is watc...

    #bird_market #moment #portrait #sanliurfa #people #travel #doves #turkey #traditional

    Editor's Note

    Burak, this is such a special moment you've captured. The lighting is stunning and the movement in the birds is a nice compliment to the scene. Great job.

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    The grains don't drop from the sky. It is all the hard work that comes from the farmers that make...

    #riceterrace #mucangchai #harvest #vietnam #farmer

    Editor's Note

    I love your caption along with this image, Zacho. When thinking about my favorite aspect of this image, I think your perspective makes it a unique photo to others. By placing your subject against a... More

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    A young girl practices her roping technique during a break at a junior rodeo near Winchester, Ken...

    #photojournalism #bnw #documantryphotography #people #culture

    Editor's Note

    Bobby, this summer I started photographing rodeo and fell in love with the feeling and heart that is the sport. I think the way that you conveyed the effort, the motion and the hard work in this im... More

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    Fisherman at Red Lotus Sea in Udon Thani, Thailand

    #fishreman #sea #fishing #morning #thailand #explorerinjani #lotus

    Editor's Note

    This is a beautiful moment, Tippawan. From where you shot this image, at first I thought the fisherman was standing on water! I like the time of day you chose to shoot this, as I think the warmth a... More

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    The Thai fisherman begins sorting out big yellow Queen fish that hugely pile up on the floor, one...

    #topview #fish #job #food #document #local

    Editor's Note

    Sam, what I love about this is the balance between space and the subject. By using the fish as a textured background, it easily brings your eye down to the fisherman in the lower half. When I looke... More

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    Eye to eye with chocolate Komodo dragon. Museu de la Xocolata in Barcelona.

    #bw #dragon #reflection #barcelona #museum #documentary #children #museum_chocolate #chocolate

    Editor's Note

    Monika, this photo is so fun! I love that you chose black and white. I think what truly makes this photo great is the composition. The reflection of your daughters face, mixed with the black edge o... More

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    Lake Retba, or Lac Rose (Pink Lake in english), the beautiful finishing point of the worldwide kn...

    #unesco #pink #pinklake #retbalake #lacrose #retba #salt #africa #red #dakar #senegal #lake #westafrica

    Editor's Note

    Paul, I love when photos can be used to share a little piece of science or fact- so thank you for including that information! There are great textures all over this photo: the salt, the ripples in ... More

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    I saw a heart shaped twirl in the water around the boat. The scene was gifted with the birds fill...

    #bridge #varanasi #fishing #birds #boat #heartshape

    Editor's Note

    Logesh, what a beautiful capture. The lines in the water draw the viewer's eye right to the boat, while the birds perfectly balance the right side of the frame. The colors, the scene- it all adds u... More

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    Floating along a canal near Cồn Đồng Phú, Vinh Long, Vietnam. The camera in use (a Sony6k) has a ...

    #boatriveroutdoorbridgecanoeleafhatpalmasiadeltacanalvietnamhatsasia

    Editor's Note

    Eduardo, this is such a beautiful image. The symmetry is really aesthetically pleasing and I love that you shot this image from above instead of behind them. Great job!

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    I found this photo of 3 buddhist monks fascinating. Capturing 3 of them with different colored...

    #ubein #bridge #myanmar #ubeinbridge #mandalay #burma #budhhism

    Editor's Note

    I love this photo, Gil! There is something so aesthetically satisfying when lines and colors fall right into place, and it is especially amazing when you are in the right spot to capture it! The co... More

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    Impression Lijiang is a cultural show that describes the lifestyle and several interesting tradi...

    #work #mountain #red #women #china #show #impressions

    Editor's Note

    Mustafa, this is such a visually compelling image. The stark red background creates a nice setting for the workers in blue to really pop as the subjects. I love how you chose to crop this photo, as... More

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    After a 7km hike along a steep mountainside, I reached the edge of Vagar, one of the islands belo...

    #landscape #colour #faroe #ocean #explore #islands #isolation #mountains #adventure #travel #nature

    Editor's Note

    Gary, this just further confirms that the Faroes are on the top of my list of places to visit. I feel you truly represented scale well in this image. By photographing your subject where you did, it... More

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    Cormorant fishing is almost diminishing from Yangshou China, since the youth love to work in Citi...

    #yourshot #cormorant #colors #fishing #china #portrait #people #photography #natgeo #travel #sunset

    Editor's Note

    Kiran, I'm in love with this image. The way you captured this is so magical, it feels like I'm right there on the boat with them. The lighting, the story..it is so visually stunning. Phenomenal wor... More

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    Tjorsa - Iceland's longest river - it is a glacial river and its source is the Hofsjökull glacier...

    #glacial #abstract #river #art #iceland #fromabove #aerial #tjorsa

    Editor's Note

    Jassen, this is so visually stunning. I love where you chose to crop this photo with the deeper tributary lines in the right hand corner while it seems softer in the left hand part of the frame. So... More

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    The salt lake from Turda salt mine seen from above. Turda salt mine is a veritable history museum...

    #salt #mine #romania #lake #turda #salt_mine

    Editor's Note

    Urdoi, what I like about this photo is that it is so visually striking. I feel like I'm peeking into the inner workings of a clock or a piece of equipment. I love that you recognized that explorati... More

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    An unusual occurrence happened in my backyard while enjoying a popsicle, so it inspired me to rec...

    #colour #macro #texture #ants #science #weareallexplorers #backyardwarrior #flower #nature

    Editor's Note

    Melissa, I love this creativity! Some of the most fun moments to capture are ones that people often overlook. The fact that you saw it happening, it sparked your creativity and joy is what explorin... More

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    Kelp forests are home to a multitude of marine mammal and fish species. Typically growing up to 4...

    #landscape #kelp #california #ocean #kelpforest #aerial #places #photography #travel #nature #pacific

    Editor's Note

    Utkan, there is a great texture in this photo that makes it really wonderful. I love that you can see small parts of the water underneath peek through and the positions of the kayaks create a nice ... More

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    Shokhan is a Mongolian Kazakh eagle hunter living in the Altai Mountains in the west of the count...

    #eagle_hunter #kazakh #mongolia #nomad #eagle_hunter_mongolia #travel #kazakh_eagle_hunter

    Editor's Note

    Lynn, there is a great texture in this image created by the lighting. I love that it's not a traditional portrait, yet it still captures the setting and story within the image. Mongolia is high on ... More

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    Emerging from decades of isolation and military rule, Myanmar is full of endless contradictions a...

    #novice #monastery #myanmar #monk #burma #asia #anachronisim

    Editor's Note

    Charlotte- when I originally started thinking about the idea of this assignment, I wanted people to push the boundaries of what exploration meant. For me, this photo is beautiful because it capture... More

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    Curiosity, tradition, and culture were present throughout the 12,000+ photos you submitted, and I’ve left this assignment feeling inspired and in awe at the world around us. Thank you all for showing us your best images. I was surprised at not only the amount of submissions, but also the way you all incorporated exploration into your daily lives and work. I hope you continue to dig deeper into what this theme means to you and take a closer look at the world around us. Wishing you all the best adventures!

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    About the Editor
    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer
    Becca Skinner was born into a family of adventurers and raised in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and the high plains of Wyoming. This environment fueled a lifetime passion about wild places and exploring. While studying social work and technical writing at the University of Wyoming, Becca won a National ...

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